Crisis management: create meaning to stop the chaos

Navigating a multi-stakeholders environment Crisis management requires intellectual agility. A crisis often involves experts and decision-makers from various organizations with very different viewpoints and approaches to solve problems. Responding firefighters need to…

James Bond has nothing on the Fire Service

You may have heard of the old James Bond movie entitled, From Russia with Love? Well, these days I think we can swap out Mr. Bond for the brave men and women of the emergency response community and the tech…

Streamlight – A history of performance

Streamlight® Inc. are a leading provider of high-performance lighting devices offering a range of high-quality portable lighting tools especially for fire services, law enforcement, military and sporting goods. From the very beginning Streamlight has been defined by their innovation. They…

FireDos – Stands out as a specialist for monitors and proportioners for firefighting

The Germany-based company FireDos has become an established specialist in the field of designing and manufacturing high-quality foam proportioners and monitors for firefighting worldwide. “About 20 years ago, we were the first company to develop a proportioning concept for firefighting…

25 Years of the AT – Rosenbauer’s most successful vehicle family

The first AT which was produced 25 years ago for Bad Mühllacken Fire Brigade in Austria.

AT – the acronym stands for Advanced Technology and a success story spanning three generations. Twenty-five years ago, the Rosenbauer AT first saw the light of day, giving a resounding answer to the question of what a powerful, reliable and…

Protection by design

Bristol Uniforms has been at the forefront of firefighter PPE design for more than 60 years. Working closely with the world’s leading fabric and fibre manufacturers, such as WL Gore, Hainsworth and PBI, we bring a wealth of knowledge and…

Search and Rescue dog Diesel wins ‘Animal of the Year’ award

SFRS Search and Rescue dog Diesel has been awarded ‘Animal of the Year’ at a ceremony recently held in London. Diesel, a 10-year-old springer spaniel was bestowed the accolade at the International Fund for Animal  Welfare awards. Hosted by TV…

How precision imaging systems are improving efficiency

Every year, thousands of first responders are deployed to fires all over the world with little or no precise location knowledge of the fire. Fighting fires can become a guessing game as well as a perilous race against time. This…

RuggON – Next-generation SOL PA501

RuggON Corporation, a leader in the design and manufacture of rugged computers, is proud to introduce its latest Android rugged tablet, the SOL PA501 which they believe is ideally suited to the harsh environments firefighters and first responders are expected…

Investigating the technical rescue variations between the UK and US

Calgary Fire Department’s – indoor training facility. The unit pictured carries the cribbing for structural shoring and other rescue equipment.

Between 2017 and 2018 I was fortunate to be awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship allowing me to travel to areas in North America known for their technical and challenging terrain both in the urban and geological arenas. The emergency services…

Firetreks – The journey so far

Five months into my journey and I have explored three wonderfully unique countries in South America as part of the FireTreks project. I began FireTreks to gain a greater insight into fire safety across the varied environments South America has…

A new approach to extinguishing fires on combustible-liquid storage tanks

One of the trickiest challenges a fire fighter will ever face is a full-surface blaze at a storage tank containing flammable fluid. Any grade-school student can deduce that water is useless in suppressing such fires because its higher density causes…

Is it time for a global approach to vehicle extrication?

Since the arrival of social media and the almost instantaneous exchange of thoughts, values and ideas, is it time to adopt a more global approach to the subject of vehicle extrication? Surely it should be the same all over the…

Battery safety

Love them or hate them, batteries are an integral part of modern living. However, recent incidents have raised their profile from help to hindrance – this article will discuss the considerations that should be made when responding to an incident…

SAR in action: Deep cave rescue

Cave rescuers communicating to the surface via the “Michie phone” earth return communication system, minus 250m below ground.

A caver, who has suffered multiple injuries after a fall, is trapped approximately 300 metres deep in the Ellis Basin cave system on Mount Arthur. A full-scale cave search and rescue is launched, with cave teams tasked to locate the…

Scania – The UK’s first Scania L-series fire appliance goes to Humberside

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has become the first UK fire and rescue authority to introduce a new generation Scania L-series fire appliance into service. Equipped with Scania’s all-new low entry cab, the vehicle carries an aerial ladder platform (ALP),…

Disasters in the developed world

Spending much of the last 30 years involved directly or indirectly in the rescue-equipment business has provided an interesting perspective from which to view disaster events occurring around the world. Regardless of one’s personal views on climate change or global…

Communicating in a crisis

Best practice communications are essential to major incident management. This article from Tony Gray, Chief Executive of global critical communications organisation TCCA, looks at first responder behaviours in Finland and the US, and highlights the importance of training and discipline.…

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